The bike is balanced just the rear ride is not as plush as the front. My pace has picked up heaps and I now don't know if i'll go to USD's on the front. Would you if you had the option, can USD's work like these do know? # lbs lighter is hard to walk away from for me. And why does the 650 feel lighter every time it works better. Conventional forks flex a lot more and this is good for our type of riding over inverted forks. Conventional forks twist a lot more then inverted forks and this is way bad. The front to back flex of the forks works to reduce fatigue, reducing the hit to the rider and inverted (USD) forks translates 90% or more back to the rider but, with almost no twist. Installing a fork brace will reduce fork twist about 70% making the stock forks about 80% as efficient as inverted forks in reducing fork twist but, retaining the front to back flex. This is the reason Scott Summers installed XR650R forks onto his CRF450R to race with. For MX or tight work at a fast pace inverted forks will give much better control. The bike will track true with inverted forks and conventional forks will flex as you dive into and coming out of a turn. Open high speed, whoops and all the other rocks, ruts, stuff that you hit in the desert wear on you faster without the flex of conventional forks. I have had my left wrist worked on five time and it is fused, pinned and the ulna bone is cut in the clear, leaving me with only one working bone in my fore-arm. I broke the fusing in the wrist over clearing a set of doubles on the XR650R and three of the five sets of nerves to the wrist have been removed so I have little feeling in my left wrist. It still hurts if I over use it so, for me I like the flex but, I may invert for the heck of it some day. I will weld the frame where the coil was.